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Though Artificial Turf is now a fairly well known landscape option it is still described by a few other common terms. Synthetic turf, Fake Grass and Astro Turf are but a few. However once you boil away some minutia it’s essentially all the same. A synthetic product designed to simulate natural turf. Though differences exist in the manufacturing components such as pile, fiber yarn, backing fabric, tufting process, foam and urethane backing and ultra-violet stabilization, in the end for the average consumer the differences are slight. For more information you can visit the ASGI, (Association of Synthetic Grass Installers) website at www.asgi.us
Variation in turf types is essentially related to individual use considerations. Will the turf be strictly decorative? Will it experience heavy use from children or pets? Is it intended for Athletic purposes? Is it for a residential or commercial application?
Once these questions are answered the decision becomes one of aesthetic appeal. Styles are numerous and made to resemble St. Augustine, Bermuda, Marathon, Kentucky Blue Grass, and many others. Within each style there is also a multitude of color variations.
Some Things to Look for:
Once you’ve decided to proceed with a conversion to artificial turf there are some things to consider before proceeding with a purchase.
1) Face Weight - Face weight is the amount of yarn per sq yard in your product. The higher the face weight, the more turf you will have.
2) Backing – Backing stabilizes the turf and holds it together. One of the most important aspects of backing is the amount of urethane applied. In general 20-24 ounces is the recommended standard for the industry. Too little urethane and under certain conditions the fibers can be pulled out by hand. Too much urethane and the backing warps under heat.
3) Density – Typically you want to choose a turf product that is denser as opposed to sparse. This is evidenced by the spacing between blades. Viewed from the top you shouldn't see excess space between the blades. Excess space renders the infill more visible which is generally considered less appealing. Though infill is indeed an important component it should be kept to a minimum while ensuring its support of the blades.
4) Fibrillation – Fibrillation relates to blade construction. Blades that are parallel fibrillated are preferred to those that are honeycomb fibrillated. Blades manufactured to stand upright preferably using a special "heat crimped" fiber design are also preferred.
As always we at Hunny Do stand ready to answer any questions regarding your turf considerations. Call us today! (877) 698-8734